English skills scrapped off in the assessment of civil exams



  • English skills will not be included in the grading of UPSC exams.
  • One more attempt for the students who had appeared in 2011 for the year 2015

The exam is conducted in three stages–preliminary, mains, and interview–to choose candidates for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

The government has come to a decision that english language comprehension skills in Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) will not be included for grading or while preparing the merit list for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services examination. The government came to this decision after a deep thought to it.

The government felt that candidates who appeared in 2011 should be allowed one more attempt in 2015.

Moreover, the UPSC also informed that the exams cannot be postponed as the admit cards have been distributed and the exam will be held on 24th August 2014.

Several UPSC aspirants have been demanding the aptitude test (CSAT-II) be scrapped as they term it discriminatory to those from Hindi-speaking states as well as humanities students. The CSAT-II paper in the UPSC preliminary exam carries questions on comprehension, interpersonal skills including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision-making and problem-solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy and English language comprehension skills (of Class 10 level).




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